Each morning I start with a hot cup of coffee, closed eyes, and a house that's asleep for at least 15 more minutes. I always begin with a simple prayer: "God, what do You want to show me today?"
A few mornings ago, I saw a particularly strange image; it was a collar of a button-down shirt. I looked up verses about collars next. Every instance had to do with two things: 1) denoting anointing, office, or being set apart for a job. And 2) picking out and doing away with what's deceitful, choking, or coming against God's words.
Looking up the definition of "collar," Merriam-Webster Dictionary calls it "a band placed about the neck of an animal" or "arrest, grab; to get control of... (more)
We continue with the biblical step-by-step path to victory, acknowledging that these are also step-by-step paths to maturity in Christ. We continue with the exhortations about this in 2 Peter 1:2-8:
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust... (more)
It is the time of year when the warm days are coming back to the northern lands, and this means that my wife Lydia and I have been gardening. My wife has planted her garden boxes and her flower beds. There is so much new life taking place around us – it's so wonderful. Many of the plants and flowers are like old friends so it brings us joy to see new life appearing again.
We had our home built back in 2017. The property was stripped of all trees. When we came here it was very sad because, at our old house, we had gardens that were very mature; trees stood over forty feet tall and a lot of the plants we inherited were healthy and growing. All we had to do was maintain what others had already planted... (more)
When I Fall, I Will Arise
This Scripture found in Micah has been one of my favorites.
"Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me." (Micah 7:8)
As Christians, we don't want to think that anything bad will ever happen or that we will ever fall, yet we do. I am not talking about falling into sin; I am talking about stumbling and falling and getting knocked down by something that the enemy throws our way. Yet, we have this awesome promise from God that we can declare to our enemy when we are attacked: "Don't rejoice over me, devil, for God says that when I fall, I shall arise; when it is darkest in my life, my God will be my light... (more)
Dan Andros : (Jun 18, 2021) Faithwire.com
"...K-9 Louie is named after Detective Luis Alvarez who died in 2019 of cancer he developed as a direct result of participating in rescue & recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks." -NYPD
Kevin Downey Jr.-Opinion : (Jun 18, 2021) PJMedia.com
"Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system." -Portland Police Association
Julie Stahl : (Jun 18, 2021) Faithwire.com
"How can the United Nations School allow their students to register for a program designed to kill people?" -David Bedein, director of the Center for Near East Policy Research
[Faithwire.com] The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the terrorist wing of Hamas, are registering Palestinians at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and elsewhere for summer camp this week...(more)
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz : (Jun 18, 2021) Israel365News.com
"So roughly, we are talking about an interval of every 400 years. If we follow the patterns of nature, a major quake should be expected any time because almost a whole millennium has passed since the last strong earthquake." -Dr. Shmuel Marco, Head of the School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Tel Aviv University
[Israel365News.com] A 3.2 magnitude shook southern Israel on Thursday evening centered in an area 43 kilometers southeast of Dimona. This is the second earthquake in Israel this week. On Wednesday, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was felt in southern Israel...(more)